When you lose your teeth, it can be a serious burden. Simple actions you may have taken for granted in the past, such as chewing your food, can suddenly become much more difficult. When you need a tooth replacement option that will not only resemble the appearance of your natural teeth but will also provide a sturdy, strong bite, you should consider dentures offered by Dr. Terry Peterson and our team here at Brilliant Smiles Dentistry in Scottsdale, Arizona.


What is a denture?

A denture is a removable tooth replacement prosthetic appliance (unless it is fixed in place with dental implants). It is custom-crafted to fit the unique shape and contours of the patient’s mouth, restoring the smile’s appearance, function, and alignment. Dentures consist of pontics (artificial teeth) attached to a metal base or gum-colored acrylic, which rests directly on the gums or is supported by dental implants.

Who is a suitable candidate for dentures?

Suitable candidates for dentures are those who are missing multiple or all of their natural teeth. Teeth can be lost for several reasons, including extensive decay, periodontal disease, or other trauma. Candidates should have healthy gums and adequate bone structure to support the dentures. A thorough evaluation by a dentist is necessary to determine candidacy and discuss the most appropriate denture options based on individual needs and preferences.

How are dentures made and fitted?

The process of making and fitting dentures typically involves several appointments. First, impressions of the patient’s mouth are taken to create precise molds for the dentures. These molds are used to fabricate a wax prototype of the dentures, allowing the patient to preview the fit and appearance before the final dentures are made. Adjustments are made as needed to ensure a comfortable and secure fit. Once finalized, the dentures are placed and adjusted as necessary to achieve optimal comfort and function.

Are there different types of dentures?

Dentures come in several varieties, so there is a solution made available to meet the varying needs of patients. These include:

  • Complete dentures: Used to replace all teeth in one or both arches
  • Partial dentures: Used to replace multiple missing teeth when some natural teeth remain
  • Implant-supported dentures: Secured in place by dental implants for added stability and retention

How long should you expect dentures to last?

How long your dentures will last depends on factors such as the type of materials used, daily wear and tear, and changes in the shape of the mouth over time. On average, you should expect your denture to remain in good condition for 5 to 10 years before needing replacement or adjustment. Regular dental check-ups and proper denture care, including cleaning and storage, can help prolong the lifespan of dentures and maintain their functionality and aesthetics.

If you want to learn more about dentures and are in the Scottsdale, AZ, area, you can contact Dr. Terry Peterson and the team at Brilliant Smiles Dentistry today by calling (480) 613-3476 for an appointment.

Dr. Terry Peterson is a highly skilled dentist with extensive expertise in modern dental techniques near Scottsdale, AZ 85254

About Dr. Terry Peterson

Dr. Terry Peterson is a highly skilled dentist with extensive expertise in modern dental techniques. He was raised in Utah and completed his dental education at Creighton University School of Dentistry after earning a Bachelor’s in Business Management from Brigham Young University. Since 2011, Dr. Peterson has practiced dentistry in the Phoenix area, where he is known for his warm and personable approach to patient care. He prioritizes treating each patient like family, ensuring a trustworthy and comfortable experience. Connect with Dr. Terry Peterson on Linkedin